On Wednesday, the Walloon Parliament unanimously approved a decree by majority parties PS-MR-Ecolo that prohibits evictions between November 22, 2022 and March 15, 2023. The ban on electricity and gas cuts until the end of December has also been unanimously approved.
These are measures that are part of the support package announced by the Walloon government on 7 September to guide families through the energy crisis.
“This is a first step. Other steps will follow. We agree in Parliament that we must help people who can no longer pay their energy bills. That is why instead of a Friday of anger, we are setting a Wednesday of solutions for,” explained PS MP Laurent Devin.
“We are in an exceptional situation that also requires exceptional measures,” said MR faction leader Jean-Paul Wahl about the ban on evictions. But the surgery must be temporary. “We cannot make this ban permanent so as not to put the burden of the crisis on one part of the population,” Wahl said.
From the opposition, Les Engagés regretted that, in their view, there is no general framework for dealing with the crisis. The far left PTB wanted to go a step further and introduce a permanent ban on evictions in the winter months. However, both parties also approved the present design.
“It was necessary to strike a fair balance between the landlord who has the right to receive his rent and protecting the weakest in society”, summarized Walloon Housing Minister Christophe Collignon (PS). “These exceptional measures are at the heart of what we want to do to protect our people,” Collignon said.
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